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USS Swivel (ARS-36)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Foxtrot - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Weight Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
Authorized under the Lend Lease Act for Great Britain as York Salvor (BARS-8)
Laid down, 28 April 1942 at American Car and Foundry Co., Wilmington, DE.
Reallocated to the US Navy prior to launching
Launched, 6 May 1943
Commissioned USS Swivel (ARS-36), 6 October 1943, LTjg. M. C. Sibitsky in command
During World War II USS Swivel was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 4 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 December 1946, to L.O. Butts, West Newton, MA.
Resold in 1947 to Blue Water Shipping Company Ltd., St.Johnís Newfoundland, Canada.
USS Swivel earned one battle star for World War II service
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Task Group 122.3 - Salvage and Fire Fighting Group (Wreck Dispersal Vessel)
Displacement 1,232t.(lt) 1,615 t.(fl)
Length 183' 3"
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 3"/50 cal. purpose gun mount
two single two 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 985 Bbls
Gasoline 3,000 Gals
Cooper Bessemer GND-6 Diesel-electric engines
three Diesel-drive 40Kw 240V D.C.
twin propellers, 1,200shp
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||USS Swivel (ARS-36) under way on builder's trials, 28 September 1943, shortly before commissioning.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo No. 19-N-54788 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.Courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Swivel (ARS-36) under way, date and location unknown.
||Capt. Jerry Mason USN Ret.
View the USS Swivel (ARS-36)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LTjg. Sibitsky. Martin Conrad||6 October 1943 - ?
|02||LT. Brengle, Laurence J.|| no dates|
|03||LT. Sanborn, Noyes Vincent||? - 4 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 17 July 2015
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